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Following one of its most successful seasons in program history, the UMass women's lacrosse team placed four players on the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First and Second Teams as announced by the organization on Wednesday night.

Jackie Lyons and Ali Houlis were both named to the first team and are now eligible to be named to the IWLCA All-American Teams which will be announced Monday, May 30.

Katie Ferris and Katie Florence were both named to the all-region second team.

Lyons was also named Wednesday to the WomensLax.com All-America Team.
The No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team fell 14-7 on Saturday afternoon at No. 5 and sixth-seeded Loyola on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA First Round. Haley Smith led UMass with a pair of goals, while Katie Florence made nine saves in goal. Meg Decker led all players with five goals as the Greyhounds will head to North Carolina next Saturday.

The Minutewomen finished the season 17-3 overall - the second most wins in program history.


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Previews Of Saturday's NCAA Lacrosse Match-ups

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LaxMagazine.com and InsideLacrosse.com each have previews of all the NCAA Tournament action which starts today.

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The Minutewomen held off MAAC champion Canisius, 16-8, in the play-in game and advanced to face the Greyhounds in Baltimore. UMass is 10-0 on the road. Expect a tough matchup between A10 Defensive Player of the Year Katie Florence and Big East Player of the Year Grace Gavin, who is third in the nation with 88 points and Loyola's career points leader with 224.

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Loyola went undefeated through their non-conference schedule but fell twice during BIG EAST play to Georgetown and Syracuse. The veteran lineup rallied back in the BIG EAST Tournament, defeating Syracuse and Notre Dame en route to the program's first BIG EAST Title. Led by Grace Gavin (66g, 22a), this is the first trip to the NCAA Tournament for this talented senior class. UMASS (17-2) has only fallen twice this season, as well (Northwestern & Albany). Led by Jackie Lyons (40, 32a), UMASS will head into this game looking to upset the Greyhounds en route to their first quarterfinal appearance since 1984.

AMHERST - Two years ago, the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team was just happy to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. Despite their eventual drubbing by top-seed Northwestern, the appearance represented a huge step for the Minutewomen, which hadn't earned a spot in the field since 1984.

UMass is happy to be back in the field this year after falling in the play-in game in 2010. Despite being an underdog to No. 6-seed Loyola in Baltimore on Saturday, the Minutewomen (17-2) will be disappointed if their stay lasts just one game.

"We've come a long way since (2009). We were a really young team my freshman year. We've really grown since then," junior goalie Katie Florence said. "I want to win so bad. Making it to the first round was a big accomplishment my freshman year, but I think we're a better team and we have the potential to make it further. We have a chance to advance and achieve more than just the bid to the tournament."

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Boston Herald: UMass aims to home in on NCAAs

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The UMass women's lacrosse team is a mosaic that keeps adding more pieces.

The 16th-ranked Minutewomen (16-2), who demolished Richmond, 16-12, to capture their third straight Atlantic 10 tournament championship, next hosts Canisius in an NCAA play-in game tomorrow (1 p.m.) at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Last week, junior attack Jesse O'Donnell earned MVP honors of the A-10 tournament after scoring five goals against the Spiders. UMass senior attack Jackie Lyons added a pair of goals and became the school's career scoring leader with 220 points. Freshman attack Katie Ferris chipped in three goals and tied the UMass single-season goals mark of 52.

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You can say that Katie Florence has lacrosse in her blood, but she also has it deep in her heart and soul. That love for the game has driven her progression to become one of the best goalies in college lacrosse this season.

Now in her junior year at UMass, Florence grew up surrounded by the game. Her father, John, was a long-stick defenseman for Denison University in Ohio and her uncle Tom was a star goalie for Penn State. Florence's earliest memories include her father playing in multiple tournaments at Lake Placid and Vail. She also recalls the constant presence of his lacrosse sticks lying around the house.

The Norfolk, Mass., native first picked up the game when she was 11. Within a few years, she discovered that her true home on the field was between the pipes.

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Jackie Lyons scored seven points on four goals and three assists as the No. 14 UMass women's lacrosse team cruised past Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 Semifinal on Friday afternoon. The win gives the Minutewomen a spot in their fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship game on Sunday where UMass will be going for its third straight league tournament championship. UMass will face No. 2 seed Richmond at 1 PM at Geasey Field. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Sheehan Burke on the call.


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The 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament gets underway this afternoon at 1 PM as the No. 2 seed Richmond takes on host and No. 3 seed Temple in Philadelphia. The top-seeded and 14th-ranked Minutewomen will take on No. 4 seed Duquesne at 3:30 PM. The winners will meet on Sunday in the Championship game which will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network at 1 PM.

The Daily Collegian previews today's match-up and also looks at some of UMass' top award-winners as announced by the Atlantic 10 yesterday.

UMass Gets Lyons' Share Of A-10 Lacrosse Honors

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The University of Massachusetts highlights this year's awards, as voted on by the league's head coaches, claiming four of the five individual accolades including Jackie Lyons as Offensive Player of the Year, Katie Florence as the league's Defensive Player of the Year and Katie Ferris as the A-10 Rookie of the Year, while Angela McMahon garnered Coach of the Year honors. Richmond's Mary Flowers earned Midfielder of the Year accolades.

Florence Featured On WomensLax.com

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UMass women's lacrosse junior goalkeeper Katie Florence is featured on WomensLax.com this weekend. One of the things fans can find out about her is that in her spare time she practices with her band:

In my spare time I am often practicing with my band, "The Smashing Peaches." It includes my fellow teammates Brianna "Peachy" Concialdi, Kiki Palmer, and Cori Murray.

Recaps From Women's Lacrosse Loss To Northwestern

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The No. 12 UMass women's lacrosse team dropped a 17-7 decision to No. 2 Northwestern on Saturday night in front of 1,013 fans under the lights of McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen fall to 7-2 on the year and will begin Atlantic 10 play this weekend hosting Temple on Friday before heading to La Salle on Sunday. Here are the recaps of Saturday night's loss.


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The Daily Collegian has a recap from the women's lacrosse team's 23-7 win at Marist on Tuesday. The No. 12 Minutewomen will host No. 2 Northwestern on Saturday night (7 PM) under the lights at McGuirk Stadium. Admission is free to all!

Daily Collegian Previews 2011 Women's Lacrosse Season

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The Daily Collegian ran its UMass lacrosse season preview edition today with several previews, sidebars and video interviews feature the women's team.

Minutewomen return after championship season
Women's lacrosse just as good as men
Minutewomen return 10 starters for 2011
McMahon becomes head coach
Women's Lacrosse 2011 Schedule Google Map

2011 UMass Women's Lacrosse Preview from Daily Collegian on Vimeo.

Happy Birthday: Jan. 14 - Katie Florence, Ryan Young

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Wishing Happy Birthday greetings on Jan. 14 to women's lacrosse junior goalie Katie Florence and football freshman lineman Ryan Young.

Katie Florence  Ryan Young

Update On Women's Lax Goalie Katie Florence

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In Attleboro, the Sun Chronicle has an update on UMass women's goalie Katie Florence. Former King Philip High lacrosse great, starting in goal at UMass, is recuperating from a herniated disc, while also working the summer camps of Northwestern University coach Kelly Amonte in Chicago, Long Island and the Bay State .

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